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What is Megaraptoridae?

Pronunciation: MEG-uh-rap-TOR-rih-day
Authors: Novas, Agnolín, Ezcurra, Porfiri and Canale
Year: 2009
Meaning: Giant plunderers (see etymology)
Locomotion: Bipedal
Synonyms: None known
[Novas et al. 2013]Definition
All theropods closer to Megaraptor namunhuaiquii than to Fukuiraptor kitadaniensis, Chilantaisaurus tashuikouensis, Neovenator salerii, Carcharodontosaurus saharicus, Allosaurus fragilis, Baryonyx walkeri, Tyrannosaurus rex, and Passer domesticus.
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Etymology
Megaratoridae—Great plunderers—is derived from the Greek "megas" (great, large), and the Latin "raptor" (plunderer, thief)and "-idae" (family).
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Further reading
• R. B. J. Benson, M. T. Carrano, S. L. Brusatte (2010) "A new clade of archaic large-bodied predatory dinosaurs that survived to the latest Mesozoic".
• F. E. Novas, F. L. Agnolín, M. D. Ezcurra, J. D. Porfiri (2012) "Megaraptorans as members of an unexpected evolutionary radiation of tyrant-reptiles in Gondwana". Ameghiniana 49 (Suppl.): R33.
• Phil R. Bell, Andrea Cau, Federico Fanti, Elizabeth T. Smith (2015) "A large-clawed theropod (Dinosauria: Tetanurae) from the Lower Cretaceous of Australia and the Gondwanan origin of megaraptorid theropods". Gondwana Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gr.2015.08.004.
• Fernando E. Novas, Federico L. Agnolín, Martín D. Ezcurra, Juan Porfiri, Juan I. Canale (2013) "Evolution of the carnivorous dinosaurs during the Cretaceous: The evidence from Patagonia".
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